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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Tahoe City

Friday, March 16th, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is a widely celebrated and recognized day although it is not a legal holiday in the United States. None-the-less Granlibakken guests will not miss out on the fun, festive activities.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Alpine Meadows. Come dressed in your best St. Patrick’s Day costume for a chance to win a CamelBak full of swag! All costumes will be judged at the St. Patrick’s Day Après Ski Party taking place in the Alpine Bar from 2pm to 5pm. Enjoy Irish food and drink specials and live music by the Nibblers! Drink specials include $5 Guinness, Smithwick’s Cream Ale and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.  Food specials available at the Last Chair Bar include $5 Irish Nachos and Shepherd’s Pie.

Homewood Mountain Resort celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a Pot O’ Gold scavenger hunt, green beer and green bull cocktails, corned beef and cabbage in Homewood’s South Lodge starting at noon, selling limited-edition “I Shamrock Homewood” t-shirts ($10 to Homewood season pass holders and $15 to the general public) and a St. Patty’s Twilight Ski, during which guests are invited to hit the slopes from 4-7 p.m. (after the resort typically closes) via the Quail triple chair in addition to daytime skiing and riding. One lucky guest will find Homewood’s “Pot O’ Gold” hidden on the slopes of Homewood. The Homewood Pot O’ Gold will contain treasures such as a lift ticket 3-pack, a 2012/2013 season pass, and a West Shore Café & Inn gift card. Guests will receive hints as to the whereabouts on the Homewood Facebook page on or before St. Patrick’s Day.

You won't want to miss your chance at these limited-edition t-shirts.

Northstar is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with fun and specials for the whole family. The whole mountain is joining in on the fun. Chilly Pepper’s Dos is offering breakfast and lunch specials including corned beef hash and fried eggs and corned beef tacos with a spicy sauerkraut. Join Northstar and EpicMix for the first ever St. Patrick’s Day EpicMix Scavenger Hunt. Join fellow EpicMixers in an on-mountain scavenger hunt, compete in challenges, earn EpicMix pins such as Pot O’ Gold pin (earned for riding any lift or gondola on St. Patrick’s Day), Patroller Pin, Kiss Me I’m Irish Pin, Ripperoo Pin, Puzzle Me Pin, Mystery Lift Pin, Luck of the Irish Pin, Shamrockin’ Pin, Go Team! Pin, Safety first Pin and Chondolier Pin. Solve riddles to unlock special EpicMix virtual pins in various locations throughout Northstar. Register in person from 11:30 am – 1 pm, $10 per person, $15 for a couple and $25 for three to five people. After the big “hunt” head to the Lodge at Big Springs at mid-mountain for an après party where each scavenger hunt participant will receive a free slice of pizza and 14 oz. beer or soda. There will be a raffle and prizes will be given to most visible green outfit and best Irish-themed outfit. While participating in the scavenger hunt try to “catch the leprechaun” from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on the mountain. The Northstar Ski & Snowboard School will have one of their members skiing or snowboarding around the mountain in a Leprechaun costume. If you “catch” them (stop them), the “catcher” will receive a free hot chocolate coupon! After skiing all day check out Baxter’s Bistro featuring live classic Irish folk music starting at 6 pm from The Roundabouts and traditional Irish food and drink specials.

Will you find the Pot O' Gold at one of the resorts this weekend?

Sugar Bowl will be hosting their annual Pot O’ Gold hunt on St. Patrick’s Day. Find clues scattered around the mountain which will lead you to the famous gold pot containing a Midweek pass for 2012/2013.

Don’t stop your partying after a day on the slopes. You won’t want to miss the BARmuda Triangle Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration 2012 which includes drink specials all night and no cover at three different locations. The fun starts at Jake’s on the Lake with traditional Irish food all day, Happy Hour discounts 4:30-6:30pm, live music from Mark Wilson at 6pm. The party continues at Hacienda del Lago with live funk “Terraplane” 9:30pm-2am, and L.A. DJ Dre Tuna at Lakeside 10pm-2am. Bounce around from bar to bar and enjoy music and drink specials all night at all three venues! The Bushmills Shot Girls will be on hand at all three locations all night.

Where will you be wearing green this weekend?

How about a Mardi Crawl?

Friday, February 17th, 2012
President’s Day Weekend is popular weekend in Lake Tahoe, but in addition to patriotism there is another reason to celebrate in Tahoe this weekend.  Extend your stay at Granlibakken for Mardi Gras and laissez les bons temps rouler!  Let the good times roll! There are fun events going on all weekend all around the lake, but check out some of our north shore favorites and don’t forget your beads.

Kick off your weekend at Lakeside Tahoe City tonight with DJs Micah J and Tre Tuna in a President’s Weekend Throw-down.  The battle starts at 9 pm so stop by for some drinks, dancing and fun electronic music.

Looking for specials on ski school this weekend? Mt. Rose Rosebuds Half Day Ski Program is offering a President’s Day weekend price. For $135 your child can receive 4 hours of instruction, a boxed lunch, rental equipment, helmet, all day lift ticket and preferred parking in the main lot front row. The half day ski program runs from 9 am-2pm and space is limited, reservations recommended.

Ski at Squaw Valley in the morning on Fat Tuesday and join in on the Mardi Crawl starting at KT Base Bar at 2 PM.  The Mardi Crawl will continue on to Cantina, Mamasake, Auld Dubliner, 22 Bistro and finish at Rocker.  Each location will be featuring drink and food specials in honor of Fat Tuesday.

Squaw isn’t the only place offering Mardi Gras festivities. Northstar is celebrating on and off the mountain with food & drink specials and live music. Check out TC’s Pub‘s specials — fried shrimp po-boys, jambalaya and hurricanes Saturday, February 18-Fat Tuesday, February 21. The Lodge at Big Springs will have a different food special Sunday-Wednesday including Cajun burgers, a blackened salmon sandwich and continual drink specials of rum punch, hurricanes and razzmatazz drinks.  Summit Deck & Grill is offering food and drink specials Saturday-Tuesday including crawfish gumbo, Cajun stuffed peppers, melon balls and Blue Tahoe’s.  Chili Peppers Dos is offering specials on Cajun seasoned shrimp tacos on Fat Tuesday.

Want to do some ice skating after a day on the mountain? Wear your green, gold and purple turtlenecks for Turtleneck “Fat” Tuesday and enjoy ice skating at the Northstar Village from 6pm-9pm.

And you won’t want to miss out on the live music at Northstar from 2pm-5pm. The Saint Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band will ring in Fat Tuesday with authentic New Orleans-style music on the Northstar Village Stage around the ice skating rink. What better way to finish a day of skiing or snowboarding?

What festivities will you be taking part in this holiday weekend?

Have an adventurous Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Flowers. Candy. Jewelry. These are typical Valentine’s Day gifts and often suffice for any stage of a relationship. But if you’re looking to do something different for Valentine’s Day this year try an adventurous yet romantic getaway to Granlibakken and take advantage of some local deals.

Start your day off in the snow with a full day of skiing or snowboarding at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows. Both of these first class ski resorts are offering a very sweet Valentine’s Day deal of $14 lift tickets. There are a limited of tickets available and they have to be purchased in advance. Squaw Valley – 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic, CA. (530)583-6985. Alpine Meadows – 2600 Alpine Meadows Road, Tahoe City, CA. (800)403-0206.

Snowmen Love

After playing in the snow with your Valentine head back to Granlibakken to enjoy a casual night snuggled up next to the fireplace or by relaxing in the heated pool, hot tub and sauna. Maybe you want to wind down and relaw after your active day with a couples massage or any of the other services offered like a manicure and/or pedicure, a muscle soothing body wrap, or an invigorating facial at Lighthouse Spa.

With the money saved on lift tickets you’ll have some left over to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a delicious dinner right on the Truckee River at River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant. Chef Julia has put together a special Valentine’s Day menu including lobster bisque, ahi tuna, filet mignon and of course chocolate strawberries. Complimentary champagne will be served with your dinner entrée from the holiday menu. The full dinner menu will also be available. Reservations start at 5:30 p.m. 2285 River Road, Tahoe City, CA. (530)583-4264.

Another Valentine’s Day dinner option is Jake’s on the Lake. Sip wine by a romantic lakefront setting and savor a candlelight dinner with your special someone. Chef Scott Yorkey has created a sensational prix fix Valentine’s Dinner Menu of three delicious courses for $79 per couple (Jake’s entire dinner menu will also be served). Reservations strongly recommended. 780 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA. (530)583-0188.


How will you spend your Valentine’s Day?

Stay, Play and Party at Granlibakken

Friday, December 30th, 2011

3…2…1… Happy New Year! New Years Eve always brings parties, family, friends and resolutions. Still no plans for New Years Eve? Start the year off right and make a reservation at.

Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge

Granlibakken Resort is the perfect place to be for the New Year’s Holiday.  Don’t worry about having to drive on New Year’s Eve because Granlibakken offers a party and a place to stay. For $195 you have lodging, festivities and an abundance of fun.

Enjoy a New Years Eve buffet party with all the guests ($195 rate includes two seats) at the Cedar House Pub. Dance the night away with music all night.  Take a break from dancing for dessert and champagne at 11:30 p.m. As the countdown to the New Year stats make sure you have your date to kiss at midnight! Sip on champagne in traditional New Years Eve fashion and enjoy an evening with your friends and/or family.

Cheers to 2012!

While you’re visiting make sure to check out Tahoe City for the Shop Local Contest! All day every day Shop Local and win Prizes. For every $20 spent at a participating business earn a sticker, 3 stickers and you can enter to win prizes. 13 or more stickers and you are eligible for a Grand Prize worth $500.

So if you are undecided about New Years come to a place that has it all.  Granlibakken is always happy to have you and is sure to offer an unforgettable celebration. Happy New Year!

Dance the night away.


Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Last month, we took time out to introduce you to the extended Granlibakken family – our picture-062international staff. We continue to celebrate traditions the world over, most recently, ringing in the New Year with a Chinese theme to mark the Year of the Rabbit (the official start of the Chinese calendar being February 3, 2011).

All guests were invited to a formal, festive dinner of two seatings on December 31, 2010. Our menu offered something for everyone and in sticking with our theme, offered Sesame Yakisobe Noodles with Scallions, Asian Broccoli and Portobella Mushroom Salad, Asian Marinated Pork Chops, Panko-fried Tofu, a variety of stir fries, rices and more.

For good luck, guests could rub the stomach of our Laughing Buddha and mix and mingle from table to table, weaving amongst red, black and silver balloons. A DJ played all night and dancing made our cheerful night all the more jovial as guests tore up the dance floor leading up to the countdown.


We’re looking forward to seeing you again this year and hope you consider making Granlibakken your home away from home.

Favorite Holiday Traditions – Ron Parson – Holland, Belgium, Switzerland

Friday, December 24th, 2010

As you all know, Granlibakken is a family-owned and operated resort. Today, we bring you holiday memories and cheer from Ron Parson, Owner and General Manager of Granlibakken.

Ron spent his childhood throughout Europe including Holland, Belgium and Switzerland where Christmas, or rather Sinterklaas, was celebrated on December 5th and 6th. Like Toni from Germany, Ron and his family would put shoes out on the front porch for St. Nicholas, who would fill them with candies, fruits and nuts the next morning. Over the years, Ron, Lauren and their four kids have carried these traditions on in their celebrations stateside placing wooden clogs on the porch, to be filled with Dutch candies, shipped from friends in Holland.

Ron’s mother directed the Christmas Pageant in Antwerp. Year after year, he would play the Little Drummer Boy. When he finally told his mother that he had outgrown the role, he was re-cast as the peddler. Ron’s brought the pageantry of his childhood to Granlibakken with the Torchlight Parade, visit from Santa Claus and most recently, Bjorn t’Party, our Viking in-residence. Just as his mother did, Ron’s cast his family in Granlibakken’s festival. His father plays Santa.

For Ron, the holidays have always been about family. With the holidays, the Parson family grows to include the extended Granlibakken family of Luis, Toni, Isti and the entire staff as well as Granlibakken’s friends in the Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City community.

On behalf of the Parson family, we at Granlibakken wish you a safe and merry holiday.


Favorite Holiday Traditions – Isti from Hungary

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Isti from Hungary (his full name is Istvan) is here to share holiday traditions from his home country ofisti Hungary. Much like Luis and Toni, the family gathers and celebrates on Christmas Eve, the day the angels descend on Hungary. For Isti, his grandparents would visit taking the kids on a walk. They’d all remark on the trees adorned with lights, a symbol that the angels have come and gone with good tidings and gifts. Upon returning home, Isti’s father, greeting them in the dark, would as if the angels have been to their home, and with the clever flick of a switch, the Christmas tree would light up to glow upon all the gifts left by the angels.

To ask Isti more about traditions in his home country, stop by the front desk at Granlibakken.

Favorite Holiday Traditions – Toni from Germany

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Today, we’re pleased to introduce you to Toni from Saxony, Germany. Toni’s career at Granlibakken started in 2004 as an accounting intern. Since then, she’s worn different hats around the resort. Today, you can find Toni managing the maintenance department or out on the ski hill instructing. She’s here to share her holiday traditions from East Germany.


On December 6th, Toni and her family would clean out their shoes and then leave one shoe outside the door to be filled with candy, fruits and nuts the next morning, much like our familiar tradition of hanging stockings on the fireplace.

Then four days before Christmas, Toni and her family would light three candles on the holiday wreath, leaving the last candle unlit until Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve is for decorating the tree and spending time with family. A walk is part of the day’s activities. And upon returning home, gifts are laying beneath the tree. Evening brings church performances and a homemade family dinner, which for Toni included potato salad, sauerkraut and bratwurst. Family visits continue into Christmas Day and the following with a traditional feast that includes either duck or rabbit, dumplings and red cabbage with dark gravy.

Throughout the winter, you’ll be hearing more from Toni – with her winter, ski instructor hat on. And when you visit the resort, you’ll surely see her running by so be sure to say “Guten Tag”!

Our favorite holiday traditions

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Over the next week, we’ll be introducing you to the Granlibakken family and sharing favorite holiday traditions from our international staff.

Today, we’d like you to meet Luis Ortiz, originally from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. For the past 9 years, Luis has worked at Granlibakken. Today, you can find him in the maintenance department.

For Luis, the Christmas holiday means gathering with family (usually 40-50 family members). Holiday celebrations begin 10 days before Christmas for the tree decoration. In addition to the ornaments and luis-ortiz-granlibakkendecorations on the tree, the manger is set up below the tree. On December 24th, family attends mass in the early evening. At midnight, they complete the manger scene with the placement of Baby Jesus. This is followed by the most festive part of the tradition – a family buffet of chicken, steak, pork, different salads and an assortment of sweets including chocolate, Panattone bread and dried fruit. Unlike other traditions in Bolivia like New Year’s and Independence Day, Christmas is about spending time with family.

This Christmas, Luis will spend it with his Granlibakken family with festivities beginning on December 24th with the Torchlight Parade and visit from Santa.

Snowflakes descend upon Granlibakken

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

With snow fall increasing rapidly throughout yesterday and into the evening, North Lake Tahoe awoke to as much as two feet of fresh powder at higher elevations. A pillowy blanket of snow covered Granlibakken’s sled and ski hill at sunrise this morning to add to the base layer now firmly in place from the Thanksgiving storms. The snow expected Friday and Saturday and into next week will make our Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade and holiday festivities all the merrier.

Sunrise at Granlibakken

Sunrise at Granlibakken

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